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The Foundry highlights the best creative writing from Appalachia and across the south, in addition to feature articles and author interviews.

“A Hard Decision He’s Always Trying to Make” Eli Saslow Charts the Transformation of Derek Black Eli Saslow’s new book, Rising Out of Hatred, explores the transformation of Derek Black from a virulent White Supremacist to a man who speaks out...
Editor's note: Be sure to check out Steve Mitchell's extended interview with Rising Out of Hatred author Eli Saslow.  Most children feel the need to break from their parents’ ideas of the world and stake a claim for themselves. It...
Essay by Elaine Neil Orr A question: “Why did you make your male protagonist in Swimming Between Worlds a football star?” An answer: A Friday night in 1964. We cut across the high school grounds, a canopy of hardwoods overhead. Fall leaves...
The hushed opening of David Joy’s new novel "The Line that Held Us" is quickly cracked when Darl Moody shoots a man by mistake while he’s looking to poach a deer out of season. The trophy buck he’s been...
Editor's note: This interview is accompanied by screenshots from the website for Mydayis. We provide the screenshots to underscore the way dangerous, addictive drugs are marketed to both medical professionals and the general public.  Beth Macy was a journalist for the...
  Beth Macy’s DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Editor's note: Make sure to check out Steve Mitchell's interview with 'Dopesick' author Beth Macy here. There are always those who can see the storm coming. No one listens...
Desperation drips from the pages of Michael Farris Smith’s latest novel, "The Fighter", but it’s a shot at redemption, and rooting for a character we just can’t let fall, that keeps one committed to this tormented southern gothic. Mississippi is...
Winston-Salem was once known as the Twin City for the merging of the industrial town of Winston with the religious village Salem in the 1890s to form the city best known in the last century for Camel cigarettes and...
Reviewed by Hannah Crane Sykes Emilia Phillips’ 2018 collection Empty Clip reaches back into what is ancient in poetry and speaks to what is current in our culture. The voices in Empty Clip seem to be gathered from today’s headlines...
All of Chris Offutt’s strengths are on display in “Country Dark”, the Kentucky native’s long awaited return to the novel. From the opening, Offutt takes the reader on an unpredictable mythic journey. Offutt’s unique and varied career has led from...